\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
evolved; evolving

Definition of evolve

transitive verb

1 : emit
b : to produce by natural evolutionary processes
c : develop, work out evolve social, political, and literary philosophies— L. W. Doob

intransitive verb

: to undergo evolutionary change

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Other Words from evolve

evolvable \ i-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈvä-​və-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \ i-​ˈvälv-​mənt How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈväv-​ or  -​ˈvȯv-​ \ noun

Examples of evolve in a Sentence

Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.
Recent Examples on the Web Vaccines will continue to evolve, and some might be recommended over others. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, "Is coronavirus herd immunity possible in Louisiana? It depends on who you know, where you live," 19 Dec. 2020 Ultimately, the robot is working to answer some major questions: How did Mars evolve? Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Mars InSight Lander Offers a Sneak Peek at the Red Planet’s Inner Layers," 17 Dec. 2020 This system could evolve based on changes—mutations—in the genes, a function that Kauffman’s model lacked. Michael Marshall, Science, "He may have found the key to the origins of life. So why have so few heard of him?," 14 Dec. 2020 Their souls, not their bodies, would evolve into alien beings and be whisked away to outer-space nirvana. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "7 creepy things we learned about cult leader and former UA teacher Marshall Applewhite," 13 Dec. 2020 Homes must better evolve to support work—and women Remember how office parks turned into mini-cities with game rooms, bowling alleys, daycare centers, dry cleaners and post offices? S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "5 ways the post-pandemic office will look very different," 9 Dec. 2020 In spring, when Whiskey & Soda segues into its prescribed role as the hotel’s lounge, the menu will evolve into a small-plates framework. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Downtown Minneapolis getting a new rooftop dining destination with Rand Tower Hotel," 16 Nov. 2020 That’s why coordinator Chan Gailey’s offense needs to continuously evolve, helping Tagovailoa play to his strengths and mask his shortcomings. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: What could prevent these Dolphins from reaching the postseason? | Commentary," 13 Nov. 2020 Elsewhere, yet another system could evolve over the Caribbean late this week to this weekend, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Eta intensifies into Category 1 hurricane; Florida's west coast under hurricane watch," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

Latin evolvere to unroll, from e- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of evolve was in 1772

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18 Jan 2021

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce evolve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of evolve

: to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution


\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually


\ i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Medical Definition of evolve

transitive verb

: to produce by natural evolutionary processes

intransitive verb

: to develop by or as if by evolution : undergo evolutionary change an evolving theory of mental functioning— S. A. Green

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